The Book Thief

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Pan Macmillan Australia, Nov 10, 2007 - Fiction - 593 pages
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down. The Book Thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. Join in the conversation about The Book Thief with #BookThief

Winner of the ALA Youth Medal Awards' Margaret A. Edwards Award 2014

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An amazing, emotive story told in flawless prose. - LibraryThing
Hard to read at times... - LibraryThing
Emotional, educational and just overall good read. - LibraryThing
I cried at the ending. - LibraryThing
I truly envy his writing style. - LibraryThing
But the manipulative writing style spoiled it for me. - LibraryThing

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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. The story as a whole is great. It was a bit slow at the beginning for me but a couple chapters in and I was hooked. Liesel, Papa, Rudy and even ... Read full review

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User Review  - 3434 - Goodreads

Just finished the book. I don't know how to describe it. It was cold yet so warm and touching. I love it. Loved every thing about this book the story, characters and even the end i loved it. Markus Zusak well done. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Markus Zusak lives in Sydney with his wife, daughter and son. He has written five novels: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry, The Messenger and in 2005 The Book Thief was published. It has gone on to sell over eight million copies in thirty eight languages.

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